Contemporary Istanbul and Soho House Berlin host a discussion on Turkish art
On June 26, Soho House Berlin and Contemporary Istanbul hosted a panel on "Collecting Turkish Contemporary Art.” Among the noted participants were renowned performance artist Nezaket Ekici; CI Executive Committee Member Professor Hasan Bülent Kahraman; and Turkish collector Saruhan Doğan.
While Kahraman acted as moderator and addressed the state of contemporary Turkish art, Saruhan Doğan spoke about his own collection, giving additional, personal insights into Turkey’s contemporary art scene. Additional comments from CI’s Chairman Ali Gureli addressed the ways in which the art scene has changed over the ten years of CI’s tenure and accordingly, the ways in which collecting in this context has grown.
Güreli said, "With the growth of Contemporary Istanbul, Turkish collectors have started to collect more international artists. At the same time, international collectors have started to collect Turkish contemporary art.” Güreli also stressed that visitors to Contemporary Istanbul regularly discover newer art works, becoming immersed in the changing face of contemporary art across the world.
Contemporary Istanbul in London to honor its 10th Anniversary
On the 23rd of June, Contemporary Istanbul hosted a dinner in Collectors Mrs. Freda Uziyel and Mr. Izak Uziyel’s residence in North London.
The evening’s guests were notable collectors, art professionals and journalists altogether at the exclusive event, including, London-based Persian collector Fatima Maleki, art advisor and author Alistair Hicks, collector and co-founder-chairman of the SAHA Association for the Arts Füsun Eczacıbaşı, collector and De Beer Diamond Jewellers CEO François Delage, founder of The Museum of Everything James Brett, Frieze Art Fair Director Victoria Siddall, founder of Artuner and collector Eugenio Re Rebaudengo, founder of Siegfried Contemporary Andreas Siegfried, and gallery representatives from Purdy Hicks, White Cube, Sprüth Magers, Lisson, Blainsouthern, Sadie Coles, Thomas Dane, as well as hosts İzak and Freda Uziyel, CI Artistic Advisor Marc Olivier Wahler, CI Ambassador at Large Hasan Bülent Kahraman, CI chairman Ali Güreli and CI Vice Chairperson Rabia Güreli.
During the evening, Contemporary Istanbul’s Chairman, Ali Güreli and İzak Uziyel welcomed the guests and addressed the importance of Turkish art and the Turkish art market in the global scene.
Contemporary Istanbul Chairman Ali Güreli said; "We are in London at the heart of the arts, contemporary art, finance and global relations. These are all factors we have also placed at the core of Contemporary Istanbul. Contemporary Istanbul is a global and glocal contemporary event and it is much beyond being a mere art fair.’
Güreli said that CI is in the course of opening a branch of Contemporary Istanbul in London and added: ‘We are not living the past and not today, we are focusing on future and our focus on locality allowsContemporary Istanbul to showcase work made by artists from the wider region. Eastern Europe, Balkans, the Caucausus, Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region are all at arm’s reach.”
The night was organized with the
support of Tourism and Culture Ministry.
Paris Celebration of Contemporary Istanbul's 10th Anniversary
On June 12th, Contemporary Istanbul and the Turkish ambassador to France in Paris, Hakkı Akil, welcomed noted art world figures—including leading collectors and patrons—to a dinner at the ambassador's private residence to celebrate Contemporary Istanbul’s landmark tenth anniversary.
Contemporary Istanbul got together with collectors, art galleries and art institutions in Tehran
Contemporary Istanbul continues to celebrate its 10th year in different cities around the world. On June 1, Tehran hosted a dinner for Contemporary Istanbul, gathering collectors, press, gallery owners and other art professionals at the residence of the Ambassador of Turkey to Iran, Hakan Tekin.
Contemporary Istanbul hosts a reception at New Museum in New York for its 10th year celebrations
The event will be organized in the Sky Room of New Museum. The New Museum’s Triennial, which runs through May 24th is, and has been since 2009, an insightful look at promising emerging artists chosen as the best representation of ‘the now’ —the exhibition title this year, "Surround Audience.” Turkish contemporary artist Aslı Çavuşoğlu, one of fifty-one artists exhibiting at this year’s Triennial will discuss her work as well as her practice, including Long Ago Person Found (2015), which is on display at the exhibition.
Prominent collectors, curators and gallerists as well as important art world players will attend the talk, and will be welcomed by Contemporary Istanbul. Contemporary Istanbul’s Chairman Ali Güreli will also address attendees during the event. Güreli will focus on contemporary Istanbul's status as a global brand in the arts, and will speak further about the relationship between art and city, including the where's and hows of possible art cities in the future.
This third iteration of the Triennial is titled "Surround Audience” and is co-curated by New Museum Curator Lauren Cornell and artist Ryan Trecartin. Founded in 1977, the New Museum aims to discover new and fresh art---an approach shared by CI. The reception will be organized with the support of Leyla Alaton, who is the member of International Leadership Council Members and also with the support of Turkish Republic Culture and Tourism Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Turkish collector Ahmet Kocabıyık is among the supporters of New Museum Triennial.
'Metanoia' book presentation during Gallery Weekend Berlin 2015
Contemporary Istanbul Program Director Assoc. Prof. Marcus Graf will talk about her newest sculpture series and the release of "Metanoia” during the Gallery Weekend 2015 on May 2 at BERLINARTPROJECTS gallery space. Graf has contributed to the text to this book and will discuss his views on Şaşmazer's work. "METANOIA” is Şaşmazer’s second solo exhibition that opened in 2014 at MSFAU TOPHANE-İ AMİRE. "Metanoia” means a spiritually drastic transformation, a reconstruction and healing. For Yasam Şaşmazer the effort of confronting the shadow and internalizing it through her sculptures expresses a kind of spiritual and mental transformation, "Metanoia”.
Contemporary Istanbul’s Selection Committee evaluates art galleries from 32 different cities in Brussels
Contemporary Istanbul gathered with art lovers in Amman and Beirut to celebrate its 10th year
Contemporary Istanbul announces Silvia Koch as new Director
From 2007 to 2014 Koch worked at artnet, responsible for galleries in Berlin and
London, and is credited for successfully guiding the artnet team into a new and highly
successful era. In addition, she has worked as various well know galleries including
Galerie Christian Nagel and Arndt Contemporary, and has organized several
contemporary art exhibitions in Berlin.